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OKC Thunder: Yes, miracles do happen

By Darnell Mayberry Modified: December 20, 2008 at 7:02 am •  Published: December 20, 2008
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photo - The Thunder’s Desmond Mason, Jeff Green and Kevin Durant celebrate late in the fourth quarter Friday. Photo by nate billings, the oklahoman
The Thunder’s Desmond Mason, Jeff Green and Kevin Durant celebrate late in the fourth quarter Friday. Photo by nate billings, the oklahoman

/> Durant broke the 76-76 tie with a 3-pointer when Green passed out of a double team and found Durant all alone at the top of the key. And when the Raptors wouldn’t go away, trading baskets on the next four possessions to stay within 83-80, the Thunder clamped down tighter on defense and worked the ball around for more quality shots.

After Chris Bosh made one of two free throws, Westbrook hit a floating bank shot. Green followed Bosh’s airball on the next possession by storming down the lane for a one-handed dunk to give the Thunder a safe six-point cushion with 33.8 seconds left to play.

"It does a lot for our confidence,” said Westbrook, who scored 19 points with eight assists and four rebounds. "If we continue to shoot the same way and continue to come out with the same aggression, I think we’ll have the same result.”

The Thunder played perhaps its best four quarters of the season, leading by as many as 13 and never relinquishing the lead after taking a 7-5 advantage with 9:30 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma City held the Raptors to 36 points in the first half, an opponent season low for a half, and limited Toronto to a season-low tying 36.4 percent shooting.

"That’s what it takes to win games,” Green said.